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The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State


  • 18 b/w illus. 47 tables
  • Page extent: 416 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.78 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 330.12/6
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: HB846 .J36 1994
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Welfare economics
    • Welfare state
    • Comparative economics

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521434737 | ISBN-10: 0521434734)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published January 1994

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Comparative research is exploding with new methodological and theoretical approaches. In this book, scholars who are expert in each one of these methods provide the first comprehensive explanation and application of time-series, pooled, event history, and Boolean methods to substantive problems of the welfare state. Each section of the book focuses on a new method with a general introduction to the method and then two papers using the method to deal with analysis concerning welfare state problems in a political economy perspective. Scholars and graduate students concerned with methodology in this area will need this book to bring them up to date on proliferating methodologies.


List of contributors; List of tables and figures; Preface; 1. Methodological innovations in comparative political economy: an introduction Thomas Janoski and Alexander M. Hicks; Part I. Time-Series Analysis: 2. Introduction to time-series analysis Thomas Janoski and Larry W. Isaac; 3. Direct state intervention in the labour market: the explanation of active labour market policy from 1950 to 1988 in social democratic, conservative and liberal regimes Thomas Janoski; 4. Quality of quantity in comparative/historical analysis: temporally changing wage labour regimes in the United States and Sweden Larry W. Isaac, Susan M. Carlson and Mary P. Mathis; 5. The politics of public and private investment in Britain John R. Freeman and James E. Alt; Part II. Pooled Time-Series and Cross-Sectional Analysis: 6. Introduction to pooling Alexander M. Hicks; 7. The social democratic corporatist model of economic performance in short- and medium-run perspective Alexander M. Hicks; 8. National variation in the fortunes of labour: a pooled and cross-sectional analysis of the impact of economic crisis in the advanced capitalist nations Philip J. O'Connell; Part III. Event History Analysis: 9. Introduction to event history methods David Strang; 10. Welfare state development in a world system context: event history analysis of first social insurance legislation among 60 countries, 1880–1960 Chikako Usui; 11. British and French political institutions and the patterning of decolonisation David Strang; Part IV. Boolean Analysis: 12. Introduction to qualitative comparative analysis Charles C. Ragin; 13. A qualitative comparative analysis of pension systems Charles C. Ragin; 14. The politics of social security: on regressions, qualitative comparisons and cluster analysis Olli Kangas; 15. Conclusion: quo vadis political economy? Theory and methodology in the comparative analysis of the welfare state Thomas Janoski and Alexander M. Hicks; Author index; Subject index.


"...the authors do admirably acheive their stated goal of presenting new methods in comparative/historical research by narrowly focusing their exposition of the political economy of the welfare state." Southeastern Political Review

"...this is a one-of-a kind volume, an absolute must for macro comparativists, even if they are not engaged in welfare state research per se. It is the perfect manual for advanced graduate students. Even very sophisticated quantitative researchers will require this book, if for no other reason than that its range of coverage exceeds what most experts are individually capable of mastering. Janoski and Hicks plunged into a daunting project that...merits a standing ovation." Contemporary Sociology


Thomas Janoski, Alexander M. Hicks, Larry W. Isaac, Susan M. Carlson, Mary P. Mathis, John R. Freeman, James E. Alt, Philip J. O'Connell, David Strang, Chikako Usui, Charles C. Ragin, Olli Kangas

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